neepsntatties (1287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled served at a Stone Brewing dinner at the west Burnside Zupans (Portland, OR). Many thanks Micah and Peter! Colour...cloudy-dark Amber with garnet hues and a thin ecru head. Nose...burnt sugar, turbo ado syrup, date paste and steeped Zante currants. Palate...incredible booziness, hot, and volatile. There’s gobs of Muscavado sugar here and masisive medjool dates. Christmas pudding abounds and the hops mend nicely on the loooong finish!
DSG (7536) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[2/20/15] Draught at Stone Brewing World in Escondido. As Stone Guardian’s Slumber 2013. Deep amber color. Lovely aroma of bourbon, vanilla, malt, cookies, caramel and a boozy hint. Sweet flavor with malt, cookies, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, some bitter resinous hops and some alcohol. Rounded mouthfeel. A bit boozy and bitter. Very nice.
Sarlacc83 (1153) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sent awhile ago. (Shane?) Thanks!
A: Light mahogany color, creme colored head, legs.
N: Bourbon, vanilla, oxidation, caramel, toffee, candied cherries, heavy hops - pineapple, pine, and peppercorn. Burnt brown sugar, marshmallow.
T: Quite bitter, medium sweetness.
M: Sticky, heavy body, big alcohol, fizzy biting carbonation.
O: Big burly Old Guardian with some well-integrated bourbon characteristics. The underlying beer, however, is not tamed, so that’s either good or bad depending on perspective. I’m somewhere in the middle.
douglas88 (6797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Luke. Pours a cloudy reddish color with a medium white head. A big sweet bourbon and malt nose. Sugary sweet, light bourbon, oxidized. A mellow sugary beast. Good.
Marheb (2817) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2015 (Pendant le ’’Calm before the storm’’ à Stone Liberty Station): Etiqueté ’’Guardian’s Slumber’’: Un délicieux dessert de caramel riche aux racines profondes et de houblons floraux.
Steasy66 (1035) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 bottle. Big caramely and vanilla nose. Flavor is nice, very hoppy , some caramel. Seems to be stuck in the middle, in a few years its probably a nice caramel bwine, fresh its probably nice and hoppy. lots of potential
djd07 (5026) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a clear orange copper with no head. The aroma is wood, booze, vanilla. Sweet malt, vanilla, light booze, very good.
UDBeernut (1982) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle of Guardian Slumber. Pours brown, thin cream hued head that last. Strong nose of bourbon and toffee. Taste is sweet with caramel, toffee, vanilla, light oak, and a nice bourbon finish. Big burly body with a decent amount of booze burn.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 and 2011 vintages, 500 mL bottles from the brewery tasted side-by-side with the early 2010 base beer. Pours hazy orange-brown with a small, off-white head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves trace lace. The nose of each has huge bourbon, vanilla and molasses, with more oak, molasses and charred barrel on the elder vintage. Notes of figs and raisins come through as well, with more raisin in the younger. The flavour is moderately sweet with brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, oak and bourbon with a touch of smoke. Herbal hops are delicate and come through mostly on the back side. These develop into a resinous hop-molasses finish with lots of vanilla and bourbon. On the palate, both are medium-full in body with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, wow, a truly amazing bourbon twist on a hoppy, sophisticated barley wine. The ’10 is smoother and more refined with more bourbon, while the ’11 retains more of the fruit from the original and has slightly more hops. The ’11 is a bit bolder and retains a bit more of the base’s punch while the ’11 is more of a sipper. Both are amazing. 2014-10-17
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl, at 14.9%Vol, as Stone 2014 Series Batch 02 ’Guardian’s Slumber’, new exclusive American brew Anno 2014, thx alot to Secret Santa!, very complex brew, alcoholic/woody/sweet and slightly fruity/bitter, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, WOW!